Voter Intimidation in Philly?
First, there were reports that Republican poll workers were thrown out of polling places and that some of the voting machines in Philadelphia had Obama votes registered before the polls opened.
Then there’s the Black Panthers, who are apparently providing “security”:
Here’s a report:
UPDATE:The police checked it out.
UPDATE 2:It took a couple hours, but the “r” word was thrown out there regarding this post. Believe me, if there were two Klan guys standing in front of a polling place, I’d post about it. Intimidation is intimidation, no matter where it is or who is doing it. For the record, here’s an alternate view:
Jacqueline Dischell, [an] Obama volunteer…confirms that there were in fact two black panthers guarding the polling place, a nursing home on Fairmont Avenue in north Philadelphia, earlier this morning.
But she says one was an officially designated poll watcher (it was not immediately clear which municipal office had designated him in that role), and the second was his friend. The second panther, who left two or three hours ago, was the one with the nightstick, she says.
Dischell says that earlier this morning a few men who identified themselves as being from the McCain campaign came and started taking pictures of the two panthers on their cell phones. She suggested that they seemed to be baiting the panthers, and that the designated watcher may have given one of them the finger in response to the picture taking.
The police came roughly an hour and a half later. She says she talked to the cops and told them there had been no incident. The police drove away without getting out of the car, she adds.
Some time later, a second, larger group of men whose affiliation couldn’t be determined came with real cameras and started taking more pictures. Maybe 15 minutes later the cops returned. This time, they spoke to people on both sides, and told the panther not designated to watch the polls to leave, which he did without an argument.
“There was no fight, nothing,” she says.
Fox News arrived on the scene at around that time and started interviewing people near the entrance. The building manager asked the Fox reporter to leave, she says, and he moved further from the entrance.
That’s where things now stand. “There has been no fighting, no voter intimidation at all,” she said.
Judge for yourself.